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Award-Winning Actor & Activist
Louis Gossett, Jr. remains one of the most sought after and busiest veteran actors in the film and television industry today. His unique talent for portraying powerful and charismatic characters has charmed audiences worldwide, resulting in an impressive amount of coveted awards, including an Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globe. Read More >
Gossett captured an Emmy, television’s highest honor, in 1977 for his compelling portrayal of “Fiddler” in the historic television mini-series, Roots. He electrified the screen in 1982 with his unforgettable portrayal of a relentless military sergeant in the hit film An Officer and a Gentleman, earning him the ultimate acting honor, an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Gossett struck gold again in 1992 for his poignant work in HBO’s The Josephine Baker Story, and garnered a Golden Globe. Even in a guest-starring role for the popular CBS series Touched by an Angel, Gossett’s work was singled out and he received the 1998 NAACP Image Award.
His passion for his work is matched only by his strong belief in helping others by giving back to the community. He serves as a spokesperson and a behind the scenes leader for many charitable organizations. Gossett also developed a nonprofit foundation, The Eracism Foundation, with the aim of developing and producing entertainment that brings awareness and education to issues such as racism, ignorance, and societal apathy. His work through this foundation earned him a Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award in 2016. Gossett is also an outspoken advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness, speaking out about how it affects minorities in particular.
Gossett first gained recognition in the New York theatre scene where, at the age of 16, he won a Donaldson Award for Best Newcomer, beating out a young James Dean. Soon he was offered a prestigious Broadway role opposite Sidney Poitier in A Raisin in the Sun and went on to star in the film version, paving the way for a long and rewarding career.
Recently, Gossett received an NABOB Pioneer in Entertainment Award, a Community Advocates Award from St. Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles, and the American Legacy Men of Honor and Distinction Awards from Legacy magazine. He has also received two Lifetime Achievement Awards, one from the Palm Beach International Film Festival and another from the 14th Annual African American Marketplace. Gossett’s new memoir is entitled An Actor and a Gentleman. Read Less ^
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"He was great, extremely interactive, engaging and informational. A pleasure to meet, personable and very easy to talk to. We really enjoyed him."
"Lou Gossett, Jr. was sensational! He was all we expected and more. He gave an excellent speech, which motivated all in attendance. We had a group of students in attendance from Peoria, Illinois. They had come to campus for a college tour, saw one of our posters and decided to stay for Mr. Gossett’s speech. The students really were happy to have that opportunity.
He was personable and spoke in a comfortable manner to the students and community (about 500) assembled at the Lyceum event. The Q & A session presented more opportunities for Mr. Gossett to motivate and encourage those who raised issues about achievement, cultural awareness, and active community involvement. His "star quality" and his amazing longevity as a conscientious actor allowed him to quickly capture the attention of both the students and the area residents who were shown the film, "Sudie and Simpson" prior to the start of the program. We thoroughly enjoyed his presence on the campus and hope that there will be a future engagement with him."
"Mr. Gossett was a very gracious guest here, taking lots of pictures with folks, chatting, etc, and he did just a wonderful speech. He really added to our very successful event."
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